Ruby

From TwentyOneWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ruby
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Regional at Best
ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
FormatDigital
Length4:30
KeyC major
Live debutMay 27 2011
Last playedMarch 27 2012
Live count5
ComposerTwenty One Pilots
LyricistTyler Joseph
WriterTyler Joseph
ProducerTyler Joseph, Josh Dun
LabelSelf-released
Stream / Buy
Twenty One Pilots track listing
  1. Guns For Hands
  2. Holding On To You
  3. Ode To Sleep
  4. Slowtown
  5. Car Radio
  6. Forest
  7. Glowing Eyes
  8. Kitchen Sink
  9. Anathema
  10. Lovely
  11. Ruby
  12. Trees
  13. Be Concerned
  14. Clear
  15. House Of Gold (Newsletter Edition)
  16. Two (Newsletter Edition)

Ruby is the 11th track on the album, Regional at Best

Background

Tyler and Josh have revealed that this song is actually about a girl named Ruby who has Down's Syndrome and went to their church, hence the lyric, "Ruby I hope I see you, I've waited all this week." This song is mostly about how highly Tyler thinks of her, like an angel, but there's also a message of repentance towards the end (Tell our Dad I'm sorry). It's not uncommon for Tyler to mention his faltering relationship with his God in his songs; for example, 'Addict With a Pen' is strictly about how he feels that he hasn't been the best of followers and is now struggling to reconnect. By equating Ruby to an angel, he's seeing her as a messenger that will let God, their Father, know that he's sorry, again, probably for not having the best relationship with Him that he could. No matter what it means, it's brilliantly clever and adorable. [1]

Versions

Studio

Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Ruby Regional at Best 4:30 2010-2011 8 July 2011

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy0YZ2Hu9RU

Lyrics

Lyrics

Album version
[Verse 1]

Ruby, I hope I see you, I've waited all this week

For you to walk my way, your soul will capture me

Your mama painted your room a shade of pink, she said

But with your great arrival, that shade has turned to red

[Verse 2]

Ruby, take my hand, please lead me to the Promised Land

Tell me, where am I from? Your eyes say, sha-da-dee-da-dum

Ruby, you're royalty, in your homeland, they all call you queen

Tell me, where are you from? Your eyes say, sha-da-dee-da-dum

[Chorus]

You're an angel fallen down

Won't you tell us of the clouds?

You have fallen from the sky

How high, how high?

You're an angel fallen down

Won't you tell us of the clouds?

You have fallen from the sky

How high, how high?

(How high, how high?)

[Bridge]

You're true and pure

You hold the cure

We're all diseased

You hold the key

[Chorus]

You're an angel fallen down

Won't you tell us of the clouds?

You have fallen from the sky

How high, how high? (How high)?

[Outro]

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

You're an angel

You're an angel

You're an angel

You're an angel

You're an angel

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry

Tell our dad I'm sorry, yeah

You're an angel, you're an angel

(Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)

Lyrics meaning

Lyrics
Tyler Joseph shared the meaning behind “Ruby” during the 2011 Live Regional at Best Release Party:

This song is called Ruby, it’s about a girl who goes to my church, Josh and I’s church. She’s just a little girl, she’s got Down Syndrome, she inspired me.

Tyler views Ruby as an angel: pure and righteous. He knows that she holds the answers to the world’s problems, which isn’t even completely understood by Tyler himself. [2]
all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website

Sources

[1] https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858875299/

[2] https://genius.com/Twenty-one-pilots-ruby-lyrics

Twenty One Pilots
Members Tyler JosephJosh Dun
Former Members Chris SalihNick Thomas
Albums Twenty One PilotsRegional at BestVesselBlurryfaceTrenchScaled and IcyClancy
EPs Johnny Boy (EP)Live At UG Studios • Three SongsSpotify SessionsHolding on to You (EP)Quiet Is Viølent

The LC LPDouble-SidedTOPxMMTrench 10" TripletLocation Sessions

Live releases Blurryface LiveScaled and Icy (Livestream Version)
Singles Holding on to YouGuns For HandsLovelyHouse Of GoldFake You OutCar Radio

Fairly LocalTear In My HeartStressed OutLane BoyRideHeathensHeavydirtysoul CancerJumpsuitNico And The NinersLevitateMy BloodChlorineThe Hype Level Of ConcernChristmas Saves The YearShy AwayChokerSaturdayThe OutsideOvercompensateNext SemesterBackslideThe Craving (single version)

Tours Local ShowsTwenty One Pilots TourRegional at Best TourMostly November TourBlurryface World Tour

Emotional Roadshow World TourTour De ColumbusThe Bandito TourTakeover TourThe Icy Tour

List of Twenty One Pilots songsList Twenty One Pilots music videos